MAY 15th 2015

Review by: Metal Mom
Photos By: Char Tupper


May 15, Vancouver was hit hard with a tour to  please most metalheads. Doors opened at 6pm, which made it impossible to check out the first 2 band on the bill tonight. Getting off work and driving an hour into town, kind of does that when doors are so early.

So first band to check out tonight is ARSIS, which I have seen many a time, and they always put on an excellent show. This Technical Melodic Death Metal band out of Virginia Beach had the crowds on their feet. They played plenty of songs, and I once again had to move from the front of the room, moshers moved/slammed all around, didn’t stay in the pit. Which probably was much safer at the back of the room, as the floor was just covered in spilt drinks, making it pretty hard to walk, it was so slick. Anyway, the fans enjoyed themselves. The band had it all together to put on a good show. And that’s what it’s all about. The fans enjoying.

Next is DESTRUCTION, thrashers from Germany, it’s been awhile it seems since I have seen these guys in action. They didn’t disappoint one bit. They entered the stage with many cheers and horns high, the fans eagerly awaiting for what was to come. And it came full force, there is no denying the talent of Destruction. They played many songs to keep the crowds enthralled, but sadly I couldn’t enjoy the brutal force up front. But to tell you the truth, standing at the back of the room, which was filled to the brim with Destruction fans, the sound turns out to be better. So I had the full impact of thrash. I really enjoyed it, didn’t have to worry about the moshers, and I could watch the show, which was pure German thrash, and I could watch the crowd who seemed to be having a fantastic time. So we all got what we wanted watching Destruction, great show.

Up next is Sepultura, it’s their 30 anniversary tour, wow, 30 years, a long time, with many changes over the years. The floor filled to capacity when they hit the stage. No room at all, and I wasn’t even going to try to stand up front for these guys. I missed some of their set, because it just got too hot in there with all those bodies slamming into one another, moving around, singing, horns high, it was pretty obvious that fans were getting what they came for. But I could hear outside, I am pretty sure that the fans there tonight for Sepultura enjoyed every minute of it, but they really, I mean really went crazy when they ended their set with Roots, Bloody Roots. Anyone who was standing out in the lobby or outside, hearing the first few notes, came rushing in. There was a lot of support tonight for the band, and they played a great set.

Still time to catch this tour, here are the dates:
Sepultura, Destruction, Arsis, Boris the Blade, Micawber:
5/20 St. Paul, MN at The Amsterdam
5/21 Madison, WI at High Noon Saloon
5/22 Chicago, IL at Reggies
5/23 Louisville, KY at Expo Five
5/24 Kokomo, IN at Centerstage Bar
5/26 Grand Rapids, MI at The Pyramid Scheme

Sepultura, Destruction, Arsis, The Last Ten Seconds of Life, and Starkill:
5/28 Toronto, ON at Opera House
5/29 at Montreal, QC at Club Soda
5/30 New York, NY at Webster Hall
5/31 Manchester, NH at Jewel Nightclub
6/01 Baltimore, MD at Ottobar
6/02 Norfolk, VA at The NorVa
6/03 Jacksonville, NC at Hooligans Music Hall
6/04 Atlanta, GA at The Masquerade
6/05 Fort Lauderdale, FL at Culture Room
6/06 New Orleans, LA at Publiq House
6/07 Houston, TX at BFE Rock Club
6/08 Fort Worth, TX at The Rail Club
6/10 Austin, TX at Empire Garage
6/11 McAllen, TX at Cine El Rey
6/12 Albuquerque, NM at Sunshine Theater
6/13 Denver, CO at Summit Music Hall
6/14 Grand Junction, CO at Mesa Theater